This is a story that proves the age-old adage that dogs are mans’ best friends. Two trusty Labrador retrievers became concerned when their owner started behaving strangely. Maureen Hatcher was having a stroke. The dogs managed to run next door to fetch help. And the whole canine rescue was caught on Hatcher’s doorbell camera.
Bella and Sadie certainly came to Hatcher’s aid. The stroke occurred while Hatcher was home in St John’s, Florida, on December 3.
Nothing seemed abnormal, Hatcher told reporters. “The next thing I knew, I was eating the floor and couldn’t move. And I said to my girls [the dogs], ‘I need help’.”
The dogs ran out of the front door, which was closed but not locked, and went to find Alexandra Naspolini, a neighbor. The dogs pulled down on the door’s handle, and the door opened.
“I usually am very routine, but that day, I didn’t do my usual,” Naspolini said. “I was sitting on the floor drinking coffee and saw [one of the dogs] outside.”
“Then I heard the other dog from [Hatcher’s] house barking.”
Naspolini followed the dogs back to their house. The door was open, so she called out as entered. But there was no answer. Hatcher had passed out. Naspolini found her on the bed.
“I was asking the dog, ‘Where’s mom? Where’s mom?'” Naspolini said. When she found Hatcher, Naspolini recognized the symptoms of a stroke and called 911.
Parametics arrived and transported Hatcher to a hospital in Jacksonville, where she had emergency surgery.
“When the brain is deprived of blood, cells die and permanent brain injury can occur. Timing is everything,” Interventional Neurologist Nima Amim Aghaebrahim, the doctor who treated Hatcher said. “One of the most important factors that can lead to a good outcome for patients in these situations is to get the blood vessel opened quickly and successfully.”
“I am blessed I don’t have any residual effects, and I attribute that to Dr. Nima and what the staff there did for me,”‘ Hatcher said.